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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-18-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 10,781
Views: 904,491
Posted By ianmp
www.socaltrailriders.org/forum/showthread.php?t=64...

www.socaltrailriders.org/forum/showthread.php?t=64072&page=13

Post #260 on, take 'er easy out there. I ride here and there with motor and without, sanctioned trails and otherwise.

If you see...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-21-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 10,781
Views: 904,491
Posted By ianmp
weekends only? I cruise over there once in awhile...

weekends only? I cruise over there once in awhile around then after work during the week
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-11-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By ianmp
Bike rental does seem like a decent gig... like...

Bike rental does seem like a decent gig... like you would only need to rent out a bike 5-6 days a month to profitably cover the payments/insurance for that vehicle. Most rental places don't seem to...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-10-2015, 11:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By ianmp
Close on Sundays? God my sarcasm detector must be...

Close on Sundays? God my sarcasm detector must be off
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-09-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By ianmp
One more thing you already know-- making a...

One more thing you already know-- making a business around your passion can be great, because experience and insight can give you an edge. It can also suck you dry if you treat it like a hobby.

If...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-09-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By ianmp
A physical extension of an online store seems...

A physical extension of an online store seems like the only viable way to do it.

The other option is to be a conventional powersports dealer with an adventure biased showroom. Sell dirt and street...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-21-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,206
Posted By ianmp
if you are even asking then just get whichever...

if you are even asking then just get whichever deal comes up. 'S' is rare and expensive for ~1" difference in travel, unless you're really tall or insecure or desert racing spend the difference on...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-11-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,519
Posted By ianmp
I'm 5'11" with 31" inseam, I've had two, a wr426...

I'm 5'11" with 31" inseam, I've had two, a wr426 then a wr400, and they are absolutely awesome.

Motocross riders will say they are top heavy with lackluster power, 650 riders will say they are...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-11-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,519
Posted By ianmp
Well I haven't ridden it and don't know the...

Well I haven't ridden it and don't know the price, plus I'd be impatient to wait around 6 months just for an announcement of a pending product. You're right that I won't say anything specific about...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-11-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,519
Posted By ianmp
Sure, I'm telling you they weren't leaked by...

Sure, I'm telling you they weren't leaked by Honda, or if they were it was misdirection. Everyone is way off the scent
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-09-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,519
Posted By ianmp
Those numbers are wildly inaccurate. It will be...

Those numbers are wildly inaccurate. It will be amazing though
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-25-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 19,773
Views: 8,380,653
Posted By ianmp
try this again

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-YZlTm36n6Ek/VHTh3l8IwII/AAAAAAAADpg/zqxo5jg828A/w1000-h667-no/IMG_3113.jpg
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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-24-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,807
Posted By ianmp
This is true, but it's also really close to...

This is true, but it's also really close to Irvine, if you have limited time. I think it's a good place to feel out the dirt on a big bike if you haven't before.

Another option for out and back is...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-20-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 19,773
Views: 8,380,653
Posted By ianmp
New to me! As of last Saturday.... eh...

New to me! As of last Saturday....

eh doesn't seem to work. pngs?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-17-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8,301
Views: 1,426,659
Posted By ianmp
It's painful watching all this speculation. I...

It's painful watching all this speculation. I will tell you all this- you will be surprised.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-09-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,866
Posted By ianmp
There is the question of intent-- if you want to...

There is the question of intent-- if you want to do it because it is the least appropriate bike anyone can think of, then please carry on. If you are choosing it just because you saw one nearby, then...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 18,446
Posted By ianmp
Reflex reboot would be cool, if you get the pegs...

Reflex reboot would be cool, if you get the pegs down and back where they should be for a trials inspired bike, and make the seat run a little further and higher in the back to accommodate taller...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-05-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,866
Posted By ianmp
Well, now that it "can't be done" you are legally...

Well, now that it "can't be done" you are legally and morally bound to do it. Good luck!


http://www.douglasvanbossuyt.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2012-02-21_09-08-49_801.jpg

Awesome...
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 139,375
Posted By ianmp
I'm in San Pedro, about as far as I could...

I'm in San Pedro, about as far as I could possibly be from any ohv riding in the state... hence the xr build!
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 548
Views: 139,375
Posted By ianmp
I have new bolts on order, I'm going to hot tank...

I have new bolts on order, I'm going to hot tank the cylinder then try three stages.

If the head ever bolts on, it should be a good build, starting from a soggy sad old thing. It'll be a mag cover...
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 548
Views: 139,375
Posted By ianmp
I just put some 5w30 Mobil 1 on there. Threads of...

I just put some 5w30 Mobil 1 on there. Threads of the extracted bolt looked fine, no damage to the cylinder threads either that I can tell. It just came back from Millenium technologies where it was...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 139,375
Posted By ianmp
OK! 1988 XR600R, I'm installing the cylinder head...

OK! 1988 XR600R, I'm installing the cylinder head yesterday. I have a new set of OEM Honda head bolts, all ready to go in at 25 ft-lbs. I'm using a cheap-ish craftsman torque wrench, but it has...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 03-24-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,969
Posted By ianmp
get out of here

get out of here
Forum: Racing 03-21-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,397
Posted By ianmp
I think downhill is the closest discipline--...

I think downhill is the closest discipline-- Aaron Gwin went from Temecula MX racer to downhill mtb and was world champ within a couple years. The dynamics are different, but good habits cross over...
Forum: Racing 03-19-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,397
Posted By ianmp
What sort of mountain bike racing was it? I can...

What sort of mountain bike racing was it? I can see how cross country wouldn't seem like a transfer of skills.

I feel differently though- mountain biking has pushed my dirt riding much farther....
Forum: Thumpers 03-18-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 14,845
Views: 1,651,093
Posted By ianmp
The issue is that the seat angle and valve angle...

The issue is that the seat angle and valve angle are specified 1* different so that only the edge of the valve is in contact to form the seal. They are not supposed to mate surface-to-surface, and...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 03-18-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,753
Posted By ianmp
If you haven't been hurt, then I'm happy for you....

If you haven't been hurt, then I'm happy for you. Don't get complacent though.
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 85,317
Views: 10,053,046
Posted By ianmp
For the 5th gear, try $246 from David Silver....

For the 5th gear, try $246 from David Silver. Better choice is Motobike.jp $93 shipped to California, ordered one last week. Thanks Tohru!

Way off on the 16t second gear, try $50 new. Do I sound...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 02-21-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,753
Posted By ianmp
I want to put my worthless opinion here too. ...

I want to put my worthless opinion here too.

I've been in several major crashes throughout my riding career, I've broken my neck, ankle, and elbow all in separate incidents. Torn ACL, torn AC,...
Forum: Trials 02-13-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,120
Posted By ianmp
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Y17Pt7rZM4k/Usn...

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Y17Pt7rZM4k/UsnxUy5wWxI/AAAAAAAADW4/etFpCK66U7k/w1000-h667-no/Tlr02.jpg

more of a trail/trials hybrid than vice versa, but it does have a California plate
Forum: Trials 01-06-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
Battery has been gone for a long time, runs...

Battery has been gone for a long time, runs lights total-loss without trouble. The headlight just runs AC as far as I can tell, though that's just an assumption without looking into it.

Does...
Forum: Trials 01-05-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Y17Pt7rZM4k/Usn...

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Y17Pt7rZM4k/UsnxUy5wWxI/AAAAAAAADW4/etFpCK66U7k/w1000-h667-no/Tlr02.jpg

:evil
Forum: Trials 01-03-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
Thanks for the replies! I've been having a...

Thanks for the replies!

I've been having a blast riding the bike around my neighborhood, and I'm really happy with most things about it. While riding the street is mediocre (especially the useless...
Forum: Trials 12-20-2013, 08:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
In the mail-- new cam chain and parts...

In the mail--

new cam chain and parts unlimited vernier cam sprocket.

I rode the bike around the block a few times; it runs great with no load, but made clunky noises once things were moving. I...
Forum: Trials 12-18-2013, 08:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
Agreed about the cable, I wasn't sure if the...

Agreed about the cable, I wasn't sure if the cable that comes with some of the pit bike kits would be long enough. The cam sprocket is on my short list, once it runs and rides as is.

My main...
Forum: Trials 12-18-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
Ok, I'll soak the carb. Do the Keihin clones...

Ok, I'll soak the carb. Do the Keihin clones accept real Keihin jets? I'm researching Mikuni clones, seem to work well on TLR too, and OKO available cheap. Opinions?

At this point I have $250 in...
Forum: Trials 12-17-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
I didn't have an idle baseline, so I figured to...

I didn't have an idle baseline, so I figured to err high and I could turn it down. The little air vents in the carb bowl may or may not be be blocked, but all the jets are clear. All the brass parts...
Forum: Trials 12-17-2013, 08:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
Hey thanks for the further responses... I had no...

Hey thanks for the further responses... I had no idea about the starting drill- I guess I'll need to epoxy a dime onto that thing after all!

So I was checking the spark against the head again out...
Forum: Trials 12-17-2013, 05:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
Thumbs down Okay, night 3 and here's what I did-- ...

Okay, night 3 and here's what I did--

checked timing= good, though chain stretched a half link

readjusted valves

adjusted decompressor a little bit

sprayed ether in the plug hole
Forum: Trials 12-16-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,204
Posted By ianmp
Sorry typo-- .63mm, or .025, in spec. ...

Sorry typo-- .63mm, or .025, in spec.

however you guys made me double check my valve clearances, and I think I made a conversion error where they should be .002 not .010. Seems obvious now.
...
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